Rachel Richardson: Duke volleyball participant’s father says his daughter was ‘afraid’ after being subjected to racial slurs

Richardson, who’s Black, is a sophomore exterior hitter for Duke. She tweeted a press release Sunday explaining she was not the one participant who was the goal of the racist slurs and heckling at BYU’s Smith Fieldhouse in Provo, Utah.

“Friday night in our match against Brigham Young University my fellow African American teammates and I were targeted and racially heckled throughout the entirety of the match,” Richardson tweeted.

In a press release on Saturday, Duke College Vice President and Director of Athletics Nina King referenced “extremely unfortunate circumstances” on the Friday match at BYU as a cause for altering the placement of a Saturday match. Within the assertion, King stated student-athletes ought to be capable of compete in “an inclusive, anti-racist environment.”

Watching the sport on tv on the Richardson household residence, Marvin Richardson stated he had “no clue” what had taken place in the course of the match​, however his daughter defined her expertise to him intimately afterwards.

“After the game, we [Rachel and I] always talk and she called, but this was a different call,” Marvin advised CNN’s New Day. “She was crying, she was upset and Rachel’s not the person who calls and cries over a loss, it’s just not who she is.

“So we knew one thing was incorrect after which as she began to inform us what was happening and what had occurred in the course of the sport, first [we felt] anger, outrage after which only a actual want to ensure one thing was finished to appropriate the issues that got here throughout us.”

BYU issued an apology via Twitter on Saturday, though did not confirm the specifics of the incident, and announced they had banned a fan from all athletic venues. ​According to the statement, the fan was not a BYU student, but was seated in the BYU student section.

Richardson said in a statement on Saturday that both BYU officials and coaching staff were made aware of the incident during the game, “however didn’t take the required steps to cease the unacceptable conduct and create a secure atmosphere.”

Even after the incident was delivered to their consideration, Richardson stated BYU officers “didn’t adequately handle the state of affairs,” a sentiment that was echoed by her father.

BYU women’s volleyball was not immediately available for comment.

“No pupil athlete ought to have to enter any venue and be subjected to that sort of an environment,” Marvin Richardson said.

“You need a raucous crowd in the event you’re the house workforce, that is implausible, however when it crosses that line, it turns into the duty of those that are in authority to make it possible for environment stays secure and freed from any of these sorts of components that might prohibit individuals from enjoying at their highest degree.

“What I’d like to see going forward is we make every effort to make sure that those venues are safe and free from that kind of action and when it interjects itself, that it is removed — immediately. I’ve been at places where coaches have taken a mic and said: ‘Knock it off. If you don’t knock it off, we’re going to have you kicked out of here.’

“That is an motion you possibly can take proper now, cease it whereas it is taking place. That did not occur and I believe that we are able to at all times do extra.

“We’ve been in volleyball for 30 years, I have four daughters who have played the game, we’ve always had that occasional idiot who’s just there in the crowd, but never an atmosphere like this where she said that she felt afraid.”